Master coach Wayne Bennett ready to be predictable again
MASTER coach Wayne Bennett wants his present Brisbane side to become as a "predictable" as the great Broncos sides of the 1990s.
On the eve of his first game back at the helm of the club he took to six premierships, Bennett was reminded that last year he described the team he will play tonight, South Sydney, as "predictable", before the Rabbitohs rolled towards their first premiership in 43 years last October.
"I got a fair bit of criticism for that statement, but everybody that criticised me never coached an NRL game, and the great majority never played an NRL game," said Bennett, who believes being predictable was the hallmark of a great side.
His champion 1992-93 premiership-winning sides were predictable every week, but opposition sides could not find a way to stop them.
"I hope in 12 months' time you can say the Broncos are predictable because that means we will bring our A-game every week.
"When they get it down so well, the opposition can't stop it and that's a sign of good teams. That's my point and I make it from 29 years coaching NRL. I know what works. I want us to be predictable where the opposition knows what's coming, but can't stop it."
South Sydney has an aura of invincibility and will provide a stern test for the Broncos.
Bennett said he was not putting the emphasis on knocking over the Rabbitohs, although he would like to give Brisbane fans a win against the defending premiers who took out the Auckland Nines before beating St Helens 39-0 in the World Club Challenge in England last month.
"I am just looking for a good performance to say okay, we're on the right path. The result won't make or break us, but it's important the way we play the game," he said. On Souths match-winner Greg Inglis Bennett was brief.
"Greg is a wonderful player and nothing has changed, he's a handful."
The game will be forward Corey Parker's 300th NRL match, a career which started under Bennett against the Warriors in 2001.
"The night is about Corey and his 300th. It's a wonderful milestone," the coach said. "Individually, it's a great accolade.
"When you have been around as long as he has and been the quality player, it's a wonderful effort. He's not the biggest bloke or the most skilful, but he handles it every week. It's a credit to him."
BRONCOS v SOUTHS
At Suncorp Stadium, 7.05pm (AEST)